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FOCS 2010 CALL FOR PAPES is out!

(Univ of MD at College Park had Monday, Tuesday, Wed, Thursday all off. I've spend most of that time shoveling snow, so I am tired. Hence I am glad to have a SHORT...

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What is an Elementary Proof?

What is an Elementary Proof? Different things in different contexts. An Elementary Proof is one that does not use Complex Analysis. Basic Calculus is fine. This...

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The more things change the more things change

There have been some articles on how much things have changed because of technology. One from the Washington Post Magazine, titled Going, Going, ..., Gone lists...

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Time Space Tradeoffs for SAT- good resuls but...

This is a real conversation between BILL and STUDENT (a Software Engineering Masters Student who knows some theory). As such there are likely BETTER arguments BILL...

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Naming and Ranking

Martin Kruskal invented Soliton Waves which were a very important concept in Physics. Rebecca Kruskal (Martin's Granddaughter): Daddy, how come they are not...

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Travel Support for Grad Students who GOTO STOC 2010

If you are a grad student and want to goto STOC 2010 there is travel support money that you can apply for. See here for details. What is the best way to get...

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Referees'''' reports

A commenter a LOOOOONG time ago left the following: Tell me, Gasarch, how in the world do you get your papers published when you consistently skip the apostrophe...

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Guest post on ICS 2010 (x of y for some x and y)

(Another Guest post about ICS 2010. From Aaron Sterling. Is he on his way to break the MOST GUEST POSTS IN A YEAR record? I doubt it- I think I hold it from before...

The First Pseudorandom Generator--Probably
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The First Pseudorandom Generator--Probably

(The following was told to be by Ilan Newman at Dagstuhl 2009. His source was the book The Broken Dice and other mathematical tales of chance.)   What was the...

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When is a theorem really proven?

One of the comments on this blog pointed out correctly that for a theorem to be accepted by the community is not a Eureka Moment. It is a social process. The author...

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Job Postings

Two sites to look for jobs at: Lance Fortnow set up this blog that collects theory annoucments including jobs: here Boaz Barak Obama, in an effort to create...

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Two Theorems this blog missed

I warned Lance to wait until early Jan to post 2009 Complexity Year in Review. It was my fear that by posting it on Dec 28, 2009 he may miss out if someone proves...

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Should CCC2012 be at the North Pole?

The last few posts on ICS in China have lead to off-topic (though maybe they were not off topic) comments on whether we should have conferences in countries who...

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Do Innovative papers have a hard time getting into STOC and FOCS? I ask this objectively with no ax or teeth to grind.

(This is my last post until next week Tuesday.) Many people believe the following: FOCS and STOC only take technically hard results on problems that we already...

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ICS I: snapshots and the longer view (guest post)

(Guest Post by Rahul Santhanam) Title: ICS I : Snapshots & The Longer View 1. Local Arrangements: Kudos to the organizing committee for going far beyond...

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Guest Post on ICS 2010 (2 of 3)

Innovations in Computer Science 2010 (post #2) Guest Post by Aaron Sterling This is the sequel to my previous post on ICS 2010, the new theoretical computer...

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Guest Post on ICS 2010 (1 of 3)

Innovations in Computer Science 2010 (post #1) Guest post by Aaron Sterling This is the first of three posts about ICS 2010, the much-discussed "concept...

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COLT and CCC

The COLT (Computational Learning Theory) call for papers is out. (Actually its been out since October but I was only recently emailed it.) For other information...

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DO NOT do this when choosing books for your class

When I took my first graduate course in complexity theory the professor had FOUR books on the REQUIRED FOR THE COURSE list. I bought all four. He said that We...

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Axioms: What should we believe?

Some misc thoughts on set theory inspired by yesterdays comments and other things. Geometry: Use Euclidean Geometry when appropriate, for example if you are So...
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